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Realme C2 Review: Looks great and covers all basics

Alongside the power-packed Realme 3 Pro, the nascent online brand also launched a little something for people who are looking for an ultra-affordable ye competitive smartphone. The Realme C2 starts at just Rs 5,999 and for the entry-grade price, you get some compelling specs like 4000mAh battery, Android Pie based software, and elegant design.

But does the practical usage experience match up to the spotless spec-sheet? Is it the best phone you could buy for under 6,000 INR? We have been using the handset for more than a week to know the answer. Read on our Realme C2 review for all answers.

Realme C2 Price and Features

Phone

Realme C2

Display

6.1-inch, 720 x 1560, 19.5:9, Gorilla Glass 3

Chipset

2.0GHz MediaTek octa-core Helio P22

RAM

2GB/3GB

Storage

16GB/32GB, Dedicated card slot

Software

Android 9 Pie based Color OS

Fingerprint sensor

No

Rear camera

13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)

Front camera

5MP

Battery

4000mAh, 10W charger

Price

Rs. 5,999/ Rs. 7,999

Design, Build and Display

The first thing you will notice about the Realme C2 is that it doesn’t look inexpensive at all. There is a diamond cut pattern on the matte-finish back, the 6.1-inch HD display has a trendy dewdrop notch, and bezels are reasonably slim on all sides.

The phone is essentially made of polycarbonate, but it’s solid and there aren’t any flexes or creaks in the body. The C2 is quite comfortable to grip and to operate. The audio jack and speaker grill are present at the bottom. The phone has a dedicated card slot but is missing the fingerprint scanner.

For now, it’s available in two color – Diamond Blue and Diamond Black – both of which look really appealing.

HD resolution on a 6.1-inch screen doesn’t sound like much, but it’s certainly the most you could expect in this budget. The Realme C2 display isn’t very sharp but it is well calibrated. Colors are punchy and contrast is high, thus you’d enjoy watching videos on the phone. Maximum brightness is about average, thus outdoor visibility takes a hit.

Realme doesn’t bundle a case cover in the C2 box. There is a thin film screen protector in there, though and the display is shielded by Gorilla Glass 3. Overall, at this price, this is one of the best-looking smartphones.

Performance and Software

The Realme C2 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P22, which is an entry-grade chipset that we also experienced on the Redmi 6 earlier. The chipset isn’t fast or snappy, but it managed to consistently take us through our day-to-day tasks.

If you are a heavy user, the performance hardware might not suffice. This is strictly a phone meant for light and basic usage, and to that purpose, it serves well. The base variant has just 16GB of internal storage, which is why we’d advise you to consider the 32GB storage option but that costs Rs 2000 more. Both variants have a dedicated microSD card slot.

The software running on the phone is Android Pie based Color OS 6. The software is feature rich and has ample customization options, but it’s a tad heavy and not particularly well suited to the affordable hardware backing it.

The Face Unlock on the handset is fast and reliable. The handset supports dual 4G VoLTE and the call quality was great in our area.

Camera performance

The Realme 3 has a 13MP main camera paired with a customary 2MP depth sensor. The rear camera can shoot workable shots outdoors, but the quality expectedly takes a hit in low light and indoors. The details are good enough for you to share information via images, but colors and metering can be a bit off in tricky situations.

The 5MP selfie camera is also very basic and the quality is again average. The camera performance doesn’t shine through, but this is in line with what we’d expect from a phone in this price range and at par with what other competitions in the C2’s class offer.

Battery

The Realme C2 has a 4000mAh battery that can comfortably last for more than a day with light to moderate usage. Fast charging is not supported, though. The handset comes with a 10W charger in the box that takes more than 2 hours for a full charge.

We are quite happy with the battery mileage and this isn’t an area that you should be concerned with.

Realme C2 Review: Should you buy it?

Realme C2 is a good looking, ergonomic & affordable phone that covers all basics like big battery, dual 4G VoLTE support, dedicated card slot, and the latest software – things that first-time smartphone buyers prioritize.

The performance configuration restricts it to light and moderate users, but that’s perfectly expected and acceptable for the bargain price. For consumers who aren’t willing to spend more than 8K, the Realme C2 is worth considering.

Review overview

Design & Build Quality9.4
Display8.8
Performance7.7
Software8.6
Camera8.2
Battery9.4
Price9.6
8.8

Summary

Realme C2 is a good looking and ergonomic affordable phone that covers basics like a big battery, dual 4G VoLTE support, dedicated card slot, and the latest software.

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